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I’ve been a consumer bankruptcy lawyer since 2000, helping people get out of debt in both Washington and Oregon. I am the managing attorney of Northwest Debt Relief Law Firm. We have bankruptcy law offices in both Vancouver, Tacoma and Seattle, Washington and in both Portland and Salem, Oregon. In addition to our Bankruptcy practice, our firm also sues collections agencies for violations of the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act. Recently we have assisting Washington and Oregon consumers with student loan issues as well. 

I grew up in Washington, D.C. but was lucky enough to move to the Pacific Northwest in 1995. When I am not practicing bankruptcy law, I spend the bulk of my time running errands with my golden retriever, Mayzie, for my wife and little boy.

The Northwest Debt Relief Law Firm has been awarded an 'A+' review by the Better Business Bureau. Our bankruptcy practice is  designed to make the most of technology. For example, our clients can complete and submit their bankruptcy paperwork online. In the same vein, we are set up to download tax transcripts and property assessments right off the web. We can even get credit reports for our clients and download the creditors right into their bankruptcy petitions for their approval.

At the Northwest Debt Relief Law Firm, we understand that people in Oregon and Washington have a difficult time coming up with the money to file bankruptcy. Unlike the other firms, we take most of our fees in monthly installments after your case is filed. Our Seattle, Portland, Tacoma, Vancouver and Salem Bankruptcy Law offices are all situated such that our clients don't need to worry about paying and finding parking.

So if you’re having problems and need some help, send me an e-mail or give me a call and we’ll see how I may be able to help you.



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Practice areas


  1. Bankruptcy: 80%
    16 years, 1.5 thousand cases
  2. Foreclosure: 10%
    16 years, 1.5 thousand cases
  3. Debt Settlement: 10%
    16 years, 500 cases



Hourly ($300-350/hour), Fixed (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Barry Lane Bobbitt

    Tom is the go to guy in Oregon if you have a bankruptcy or debt matter. I highly recommend Tom!


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  • Beth M. Nussbaum

    I highly recommend Thomas as a debt relief attorney. His skills are superlative and he clearly cares for his clients' best interests.


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Contact info

Northwest Debt Relief Law Firm

2225 NE Alberta
Suite A.
Portland, OR, 97211

Northwest Debt Relief Law Firm

14900 Interurban Avenue S.
Suite 271
Seattle, WA, 98168

Northwest Debt Relief Law Firm

3000 Market Street
Suite 407
Salem, OR, 97301

Northwest Debt Relief Law Firm

1312 Main Street
Vancouver, WA, 98660



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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certificate of CompletionJoshua Cohen, Student Loan Law Bootcamp2014
Excellent RatingAvvo2013
'A+' RatingBetter Business Bureau2013
Clients ChoiceAvvo2013
Certificate of CompletionPete Barry FDCPA Bootcamp2012
Certificate of CompletionMax Gardner's Bankruptcy Bootcamp2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerPacific Bankruptcy2005 - 2006
Managing Attorney for Oregon and Western WashingtonMacey & Aleman,P.C./Legal Helpers, P.C.2003 - 2005
AssociateGarland Law Firm2001 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Consumer AdvocatesAttorney Member2012 - Present
East Portland Chamber of CommerceMember2011 - Present
American Bankruptcy InstituteMember2011 - Present
Northwest Justice Project - Home Foreclosure Legal Aid ProjectParticipating Attorney2010 - Present
Teamsters Legal PlanPanel Attorney2009 - Present
Better Business BureauMember2009 - Present
Oregon State Bar, Debtor-Creditor SectionMember2009 - Present
Hyatt Legal PlansPanel Attorney2006 - Present
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysMember2006 - Present
United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Eastern OregonMember2004 - Present
United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Western WashingtonMember2004 - Present
Washington State Bar Association, Creditor-Debtor SectionMember2004 - Present
Multnomah Bar AssociationN/A2001 - Present
United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of OregonMember2000 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Chapter 13 and Chapter 7 Bankruptcy CasesCompleted
In Re Schulke 09-65100-fra13Memorandum Opinion
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Publication nameTitleDate
ISBN 13 978-0-9970153-0-0The Benefits of Bankruptcy2015
Northwest Debt Relief Law FirmBlog Articles2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Lewis & Clark Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
University of ArizonaHistory and ClassicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Meeting of Residential LandlordsLand Lord Tenant Issues2002